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'Missing' man jumps into lion's den at Thiruvananthapuram zoo, rescued by staffs

'Missing' man jumps into lion's den at Thiruvananthapuram zoo, rescued by staffs

In a weird incident, a 45-year-old man visiting the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo on Wednesday jumped into an open enclosure housing of a lion, but was saved in the knick of time. There are two separate enclosures for a two-year-old lion and a three-year-old one in the zoo. "The incident happened at about 11.15 am". He was later rescued by security guards present there. Police said that he jumped into the cage as he was under the influence of alcohol.

The zookeepers diverted the lion's attention and brought Murukan out of the enclave.

The man in a blue shirt and a white mundu, the same dress as described in the newspaper ad, bought a ticket at the entrance and sneaked up to the open cage.

"We have put up a 5 foot iron fence to ensure the safety of the visitors". Murugan has been shifted to a state-run hospital where he is undergoing assessment. "If he teased the animal, it would become violent in no time", said an official from the zoo. He was later handed over to the police.

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Speaking to TNM, a Sub-Inspector at Museum station said that Murugan was suffering from a mental illness and that he had gone missing from Ottapalam a few days ago.

His family had been searching for him since his disappearance on February 18.

Police officers, meanwhile, are trying to determine the reason for his unsafe and freaky behaviour.


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